Neo-Mandaic (Mandāyî)

Neo-Mandaic is an Aramaic language spoken by 300-500 people in Iran and among the Mandaean diaspora. It is more conservative than other Neo-Aramaic languages, though has been influenced by Arabic and Persian. It is a modern descendent of Classical Mandaic, the liturgical language of the Mandaean religion in Iran and Iraq. There are two dialects: Ahvāz and Khorramshahr, which are mutually intelligible.

Neo-Mandaic is rarely written, but when it is a version of the classical Mandaic script is used.

Neo-Mandaic alphabet and pronunciation

Neo-Mandaic alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Neo-Mandaic (Excel)

Information about Neo-Mandaic provided by Wolfram Siegel (Word doc, in German)

Sample video in and about Neo-Mandaic


Information about Neo-Mandaic

Languages written with the Syriac script

Aramaic, Assyrian / Neo-Assyrian, Chaldean Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Mandaic, Suriyani Malayalam, Turoyo, Western Neo-Aramaic

Semitic languages

Akkadian, Amharic, Arabic (Algerian), Arabic (Bedawi), Arabic (Chadian), Arabic (Egyptian), Arabic (Gulf), Arabic (Hassaniya), Arabic (Hejazi), Arabic (Lebanese), Arabic (Modern Standard), Arabic (Moroccan), Arabic (Najdi), Arabic (Syrian), Aramaic, Argobba, Assyrian / Neo-Assyrian, Canaanite, Chaha, Chaldean Neo-Aramaic, Ge'ez, Hadhramautic, Harari, Hebrew, Himyaritic, Jewish Neo-Aramaic, Maltese, Mandaic, Nabataean, Neo-Mandaic, Phoenician, Punic, Qatabanic, Sabaean, Sabaic, Silt'e, Syriac, Tigre, Tigrinya, Turoyo, Ugaritic, Western Neo-Aramaic

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